This category is climate change in relation to sustainability and CSR and how these segments effect one another. This includes how climate change has started to cause a wide range of physical effects with serious implications for investors and businesses, and how the business sector discloses climate risks and manage them.

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Crowdsourcing Global Climate Action: POC21

Climate negotiations are boring, involve mostly bureaucrats, and often ignore or forget about important, on-the-ground issues. Organizers of the POC21 innovation camp aim to change that by prototyping open-source change and involving the greater community ahead of the Paris Climate Talks.

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Spiders Are Making Your New Silk Clothes

A startup, Bolt Threads, is turning a silky supermaterial from spider butt ducts into sports bras, athletic shirts, and potentially artificial tendons and suspension bridge ropes. Seriously.

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California’s Unexpected Water Conservation Leaders: Commercial Property Owners

California Gov. Jerry Brown recently issued a 25 percent water-use reduction mandate. One group that’s not concerned: corporate property owners. Many corporations and commercial property investors are already leaders in water conservation measures for office, industrial and other commercial facilities. However, if the rules become even stricter, conserving even more water could present a challenge.

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Is There a Shell Game Occurring on Renewable Energy?

Speaking this month at an OPEC’s 167th meeting in Vienna, Shell’s Ben van Beurden said traditional energy sources should integrate and work together with clean technologies to provide sustainable and economically-sensible power for the future.

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General Mills Invests $50,000 in Prairie Organic Grain Initiative

General Mills announced earlier this month that it is investing $50,000 in the Canada-based Prairie Organic Grain Initiative, a multi-year program with the goal of building resiliency and stability in the organic field-crop sector. Jeff Harmening, executive vice president and CEO of General Mills, told investors that the company’s goal is to “build a $1 billion natural and organic business by 2020.”

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Pressure Builds on Amazon to Clean Up Data Center Energy Use

Amazon Web Services is investing in what is to be the largest solar energy farm in Virginia, a step on the path toward 100 percent renewable power for its cloud-data centers. The 80 megawatt solar farm will amount to only a drop in the bucket, however, environmental and green economy advocates say.

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Volkswagen Puts Forests on the Ledger

The Garcia River Forest, a 24,000 acre tract in Northern California, is under restoration thanks to carbon offsets purchased by Volkswagen and its customers.

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Heartland to Present Climate Denial Awards

Is there anything about the Koch Brothers’ Heartland Institute that isn’t disingenuous? This week the group announced its 2015 Climate Change Award winners, though, if it were being truthful it should have called them the Climate Change Denial Awards.

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EPA Study: Fracking Doesn’t Contaminate Water

The EPA’s five-year project analyzed the impact of hydraulic fracturing on the water supply for human consumption. The study was mostly a compilation of data drawn from different scientific databases — more than 950 sources in all.

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Federal Guidelines Just Might Tell Americans to Put Down That Cheeseburger

The federal government just may recommend that Americans eat less meat when new guidelines are released in the fall. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has outlined recommendations that include reducing red meat and processed meat consumption and eating more fruits and vegetables.

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Blue Carbon Rising

When carbon is stored in coastal wetland ecosystems, it becomes known as blue carbon. Blue carbon ecosystems remove four times more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, per acre, than forests. The Blue Carbon Network hopes to illustrate the importance of carbon finance for wetlands in the rapidly diminishing coastal zone.